Yvonne Michiels' striking portraits are strongly layered. Both in her subjects as well as her technique, Yvonne uses references to our contemporary view of the world. She combines portraits of strong, fashion-conscious women with images of modern metropolis like New York and London. These women comply to the dominant ideal of beauty, achievable through make-up, fashion and plastic surgery. Thus, they look perfect. Nonetheless, appearances can be deceiving. The perfect facades conceal feelings of insecurity, despair and vulnerability.